Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has admitted he feared the club would lose Luis Suarez this summer, adding that he did everything in his power to convince the striker to stay.
Suarez was linked with a big-money move away from Anfield in recent months, with Arsenal and Real Madrid both touted as possible destinations for the Uruguay international.
And while Liverpool ultimately refused to sell their star striker, Gerrard feared he would never see the former Ajax man play for the Reds again.
He told The Mirror: “Every day, I was waking up hoping nothing would happen and he would still be here.
“Nobody tried harder than me to keep him at Anfield and he knows exactly what I think of him.
“When you have a player as good as Luis, you know the big clubs are going to want him.”
The 26-year old has returned to the side after serving a 10-match suspension and he made an instant impact in the 3-1 victory against Sunderland on Sunday, scoring two goals.
Gerrard believes Suarez looked hungrier than ever and deserves credit for the way he has bounced back from a difficult summer.
“A lot of players in his position might have come back and spat the dummy out and not tried,” said Gerrard.
Liverpool are currently second in the Premier League and face Crystal Palace this weekend, with Suarez set to make his Anfield return.